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Dunwoody KinderCare

Ms. Keeshia Ochoa, Center Director

5695 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody GA 30338
(770) 396-2095 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
I-285 and I-400/ Close to Mt. Vernon Hwy, across from the Publix Grocery Store

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Austin, Dunwoody Elementary, Chestnut, Woodland

Welcome

Welcome to Dunwoody KinderCare located on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. near Mt. Vernon Hwy across from Publix.  We are so excited you are here!  Our child care center includes classrooms designed by education experts — and every activity and lesson is created to prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Keeshia Ochoa, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

December's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Dunwoody KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average of 10 years of Early Childhood Education experience. The majority of our teachers have either a Child Development Associate's credential (CDA), Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company trainings and ongoing state facilitated trainings. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Ms. Keeshia Ochoa

    Ms. Keeshia Ochoa, Center Director

    Every child is a different kind of flower and all together they make this world a beautiful garden.

    Ms. Keeshia attended the University of West Georgia where she obtained her degree in Sociology. She has worked in childcare for over 14 years. Ms. Keeshia joined KinderCare in 2013 as a two year old teacher. In March of 2015 she was promoted to Assistant Director and then promoted to Center Director in January of 2016. She loves watching the children grow and reach their developmental milestones. In her spare time she loves being with her children, listening to music, dancing and cosmetology.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked in various centers in and around the Atlanta area.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Big Friendly Giant
    Year Started:
    2/11/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science, Sociology
  • Elyssa Poretsky

    Elyssa Poretsky, Assistant Director

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. " - Maya Angelou

    Ms.Elyssa attended Georgia College and State University and received a Bachelors of Health Education with a concentration in Community Health and Human Service. She has a passion for helping others and educating children and the community. Although Ms. Elyssa is new to KinderCare, she has always loved kids and loves watching them grow and learn!

    Previous Experience:
    She has management experience from retail. She also has also done multiple internships in early childhood learning centers working as a tutor and nutrition teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Health Education
  • Ms. Maryam, Discovery Preschool

    Think Globally, Act locally

    Ms. Maryam is orginally from Iran.  She loves to put a smile on the students' faces.  In her spare time, she loves being with her husband, reading, walking, and shopping.

    Previous Experience:
    Children's World
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    2/7/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    B.A.
  • Ms. Monica, Health & Safety Coordinator, Bus Driver, Chef, Floater

    I love shaping the lives of tomorrow's leaders

    Ms. Monica says that children love her classroom because everyday is like a party!  Her hobbies include interior design, furniture restoration, traveling, baking, scrabble, and family game nights.

    Previous Experience:
    Greenville County Schools, Real Estate, Boys & Girls Club, Financial Counselor
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Queen of the Scene"
    Year Started:
    2/20/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate), Interior Design
  • Ms. Nurun, Infant

    I love to watch my babies learn something new everyday

    Ms. Nurun enjoys nurturing and reading to the children.  In her spare time, she loves cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, 3 children, and cat named Lily.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    1/5/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    CDA (Childhood Development Associate)
  • Ms. Samia

    Ms. Samia, Infant Classroom

    Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your actions." --Dalai Lama

    Ms. Samia loves teaching becuse she believes that children are our future. It is her passion to love, nuture and provide them the best education to succeed.

    Previous Experience:
    Kindergarten Teacher and Infant Lead Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Guess How Much I Love You"
    Year Started:
    3/5/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Massomeh, Infant Teacher

    The teacher affects eternity...he can never tell where his influence stops

    Ms. Massomeh loves teaching because she loves to play and sing with the children.  She is originally from Turkey.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, two children, shopping and cooking.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "We're Going On A Bear Hunt"
    Year Started:
    1/12/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 months
    Education:
    Working towards CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Amber, Learning Adventures

    Keep moving forward!" - Meet the Robinsons

    Ms. Amber truly enjoys working with children and helping them build confidence in themselves in all aspects of their lives. Smiling faces are contagious and she tries to be a catalyst for it!

    Previous Experience:
    She was previously a private Nanny and tutor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate in progress
  • Ms. Diane, Multi-Age

    If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

    Ms. Diane has been a teacher for over 27 years and counting. She loves caring for her kids and believes working with them keeps her young!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diane has previously been a Program Director for The Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children, a Program Specialist for GBA of Atlanta. She as also been a lead teacher with KinderCare over the years in infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and multiage group.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Year Started:
    8/8/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    CDA and Bachelors in Management
  • Ms. Lawanda, Multi-Age

    Patience is the key.

    Ms. Lawanda enjoys watching children explore different ways of learning. She has always had a passion for children and that is why she became a preschool teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Childcare at other Early Childhood Learning Centers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Three Pigs
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Pre-K A

    People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

    Ms. Sarah's most rewarding part of teaching is when a student is able to bring his/her interests, hobbies or culture in a meaningful context to the classroom. The diversity and energy of each of her students continually drives her to be a better teacher to them.

    Previous Experience:
    She was previously a tutor for elementary age students, a Sunday school teacher at a local church, and taught English abroad in Korea.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    There's a Nightmare in My Closet
    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Masters of Arts and Teaching in ECE
  • Ms. Tiesa, Pre-K A

    The best part of teaching is the look on a child's face when you know...they get it!

    Ms. Tiesa loves watching the children learn new things and being proud of themselves when they achieve a goal.  She says children love being in her classroom because she likes being silly and she gives them lots of love.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "A Bad Case of the Stripes" "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs"
    Year Started:
    8/11/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Mr. Ezekiel, Pre-K Aftercare

    Mr. Ezekiel's motivation for waking up and coming to work is knowing that he hasn't reached his full potential yet and knowing that God has a lot in store for him.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Lion King
    Year Started:
    8/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science
  • Ms. Catessia, Pre-K B

    New knowledge is refreshing!

    Ms. Catessia believes that all children learn differently. She believes that patience and time is very important when teaching children.

    Previous Experience:
    She was previously a substitute teacher for the Atlanta Jewish Academy and Marcus Jewish Community Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    7/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tawayna

    Ms. Tawayna, Preschool

    Classroom Quote: "If you listen, you will learn." Personal Quote" Treat people the way you want to be treated.

    Mrs. Tawayna is a proud mom of 4 and a dynamic Nanna of 11. She enjoys spending time with her family and is passionate about teaching. She has a strong bond with her students and parents. She realized that her purpose in her life was being a teacher after spending every summer in Summer School. There is where she learned to be the best teacher ever!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Cinderella"
    Year Started:
    3/11/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate), Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Austin

    Mr. Austin, School Age

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole stair case.

    Mr. Austin incorporates physical activities in the classroom. He feels kids learn better being active rather than sitting down in a chair all day. He also helps them discover new ways to solve problems.

    Previous Experience:
    He was previously a youth football and baseball coach.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who?
    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors in progress
  • Ms. Natasha, Toddler

    I enjoy watching the children advance in learning

    Ms. Natasha gives a lot of love and attention to her students.  In her spare time, she loves to read and shop.

    Previous Experience:
    Customer Service
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    10/5/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

Our center is specifically designed to foster growth and encourage learning.  Every classroom encourages each individual child to explore, share, and grow.  Our highly experienced staff is committed to creating a supportive environment for parents and families, so that your children can reach their maximum potential and enjoy a lifelong love of learning!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC

    NAEYC

  • Excellence in Customer Service

    Excellence in Customer Service

  • Excellence in Service

    Excellence in Service

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At Dunwoody KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities.  We have an on-site Health & Safety Coordinator who implements health and safety guidelines along with conducting monthly fire and natural disaster drills.  All of our outside perimeter doors are locked to ensure security and all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the primary door to enter the facility has a keypad code only given to current families of our children.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I too manage a team of professionals, who have the duties of caring for children and must supply impeccable customer service.
 
As a manager, I can’t be everywhere at all times. I want you to know I am impressed with the EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE we have received all year, from your staff, not your presence but representing your company.
 
I am writing you in praise of the daycare Administrator and Staff. Mrs. Landy is the epitome of professionalism, kindness, and practicality. She runs a tight ship, with staff just as dedicated to teaching and helping these children, making it an experience not just a day at daycare.
 
The energy is upbeat and positive! With little touches that make it so special, such as music on Friday mornings. I brought my grandson here from another daycare, and he was welcomed in and he LOVES to go. He didn’t love to go to other school.
 
Please consider special KUDOS to Mrs. Landy, Ms. Tesia and Ms. Hannah in Pre-K A class. Thank you for your time and the ongoing excellent customer service experience at this center!
 
 
- Grandmother
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